After dropping a few hundred dollars on an iPod or iPhone, then raiding the App Store for all the great tower-defense games, it’s hard to come up with the scratch to drop on decent earbuds. And even if you do have deep enough pockets, it’s difficult for some folks to go hog wild and buy $100 earbuds that’ll eventually end up forgotten in the pocket of your hoodie and take a ride in the washing machine. Ouch! Of course there are tons of inexpensive earbuds overflowing from the shelves of your local gadget emporium, but most of those end up sounding like you stole your great grandfather’s transistor radio, shrunk it down with some sort of shrink-a-fying ray, and shoved it in your ears. Tinny sound with absolutely no bass.
Even if you have a tried-and-true system for collecting contacts, problems can arise when people try to get around it. Someone includes their new phone number in an email or IM, or you’re handed a new spreadsheet of new clients, and all of a sudden you find yourself cutting and pasting like it’s arts-and-crafts time in kindergarten.
Skooba Design’s Netbook and iPad Messenger Bag might be designed specifically for those devices, but it’s actually big enough to swallow a 13-inch MacBook--as well as an iPad and accessories. The flexibility and extra room is nice, but if what you’re looking for is something to schlep your iPad around in, the Skooba might be bigger and more complicated than what you need.
If your work includes any explicit information collection, DEVONthink deserves your attention. The amount of information that needs managing grows on a daily basis, and DEVONthink’s latest update makes great strides in its ability to collect and search data. The core philosophy behind all three flavors of the app--Regular, Professional, and Pro Office versions are available--is the same: accumulate lots of information and then provide ways of making that information useful.
The iPad has had phenomenal sales according to Apple's recently released sales figures, and it's still hard to find an iPad to purchase in some locations. Technologizer has finished compiling results from its recent survey in which more than 6,000 iPad owners were polled about how they liked the device. The survey covers some interesting areas, but the amount of people happy with the device is truly amazing.
I have this touch-capacitive Pogo stylus, and it never made a lot of sense to me as an iPhone tool unless I was wearing gloves (not likely) or had severely sunburned the tips of all my fingers (even less likely). I know some people like them for typing or drawing, but I never used mine on the small screen. Now, though, I have an iPad, and I want to take notes on it, so I need a notebook-type app I can use to jot down ideas with the stylus or--in a pinch (heh)--my fingers.
The Wall Street Journal. app initially impresses with both form and function, combining a striking, print-like visual aesthetic with plenty of available content and some helpful navigation constructs. Each section (updated regularly throughout the day) is packed with the latest stories -- many with photo galleries and embedded video clips -- and a scrolling article listing on the right side of most sections makes it easy to flip between stories without returning to a front page. Like the print version, The Wall Street Journal. is second to none for investment news and analysis, and the iPad version lets you easily access current stock quotes.
FileMaker Pro has been around for decades, and it’s become the de facto standard in Mac database applications. While databases certainly aren’t the most captivating of apps, Filemaker manages to pull off its data-crunching with a bit of true Mac style.
For the uninitiated, FileMaker Pro is a relational database designed to be approachable to data monkeys and mere mortals alike. Solutions like Bento or Excel are fine for simple data, but the minute you need to combine different sets of data from different sources, you hit a brick wall. Luckily, you can use FileMaker Pro as a simple flat-file database like Bento--or Apple’s old AppleWorks suite--adding new tables and relational links as your expertise develops.
A wise person once said, “You get what you pay for,” and in the case of Canon’s budget-friendly Pixma iP2702, truer words were never spoken. If you’re looking for an affordable way to print day-to-day snapshots, the $50 iP2702 might be just the ticket--provided that your expectations are in keeping with the limitations of a low-cost, single-function printer.
The day when the stereo systems of all new cars come with USB ports for instant iPhone connectivity isn’t far off. In the meantime, lots of late-model vehicles--and aftermarket car stereos--have auxiliary jacks but still lack the built-in hands-free Bluetooth systems that connect your car speakers to your phone.